Survey: Execs Not Happy With Digital Supply Chains

The interdependency of the electronics supply chain may be hampering companies’ efforts toward digital transformation, research finds. While 75 percent of executives in the manufacturing and retail supply chains say a digital strategy is very important for their business, only five percent are satisfied with progress so far. There are two levels of digital transformation occurring among…

Purchasing Execs Bullish on 2017

Purchasing and supply management executives expect they’ll be buying more from their suppliers next year as the U.S. economy continues the recovery that began in 2009. More than two-thirds – 67 percent — of manufacturing respondents to the Institute for Supply Management’s (ISM) Semiannual Economic Forecast expect their 2017 revenue will exceed 2016’s. The ISM’s…

Yole: Organic Displays Still Seeking Scale

Vendors in the organic display technologies market are taking a page from the semiconductor industry and are developing toolkits that enable the manufacturing of organic displays on existing equipment, according to Yole Développement (Yole). This capability could mean the difference between widespread adoption of organic display technology or its limitation to niche markets. “The OSC [organic semiconductor]…

Purchasing Survey: SMBs Bullish on 2017

U.S. small-and-midsized manufacturers expect to end 2016 with increased revenue, moderate capex investments and more employees, according to the PrimeAdvantage 2016 annual Purchasing and Manufacturing survey. Overall, data points to strong and sustainable growth for the broader U.S. and North American economies. Strength in mid-market manufacturing is yielding continued R&D investments for the high-tech sector,…

Ficosa Opens Plant in Tennessee

Detroit, Mich. – Ficosa, a top-tier global provider devoted to the research, development, manufacturing and marketing of high-technology vision, safety, connectivity and efficiency systems for the automotive and mobility sectors, has boosted its presence in the United States by opening a new state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Cookeville, Tennessee. With an investment of over 50 million dollars,…

The Supply Chain and the Downside of Data

The abundance of raw data-processing power and the advancement of cloud storage have enabled information to be captured as never before. Proponents of Big Data promise unparalleled insight into customer behavior and a seamless flow of information across supply chain networks. But data also has the potential to paralyze businesses processes and encumber decision-making, some experts believe.…